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Finnish wheelchair curlers home for one last event before 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championship

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The Finland national wheelchair curling team is home for one last wheelchair curling related event scheduled for next Wednesday before ahead of the  2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championship scheduled to get underway next Friday in at the Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja, Finland.    The event will be held in Tapiola, Espoo and attendees will have a chance to watch a live in person interview of the Finnish team, with a challenge wheelchair match later in the evening.

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The team includes captain Markku Karjalain and team manager Lauri Ikävalko. Last week, the Finnish team was in Scotland for the British Open Wheelchair Curling where they played Scotland and Sweden. The Finns are not expected to be in medal contention for this event.

 

Finland has never medalled at the World Championships, and automatically qualified for this tournament as hosts. Their 2013 team included Markku Karjalainen, Vesa Hellman, Sari Karjalainen and Tuomo Aarnikka. Mina Mojtahedi was the alternative and they were coached by Osku Kuutamo. Their eighth place finish made them the last team to qualify for the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi. Their Paralympic team included Markku Karjalainen, Sari Karjalainen, Vesa Hellman, Tuomo Aarnikka, and alternate Mina Mojtahedi. They finished last in round robin play.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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